Wiretaps in Guatemala corruption scheme name top justice

center_img Protesters demand the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina near Congress in Guatemala City, Saturday, May 9, 2015. Perez Molina’s Vice President Roxana Baldetti resigned on Friday amid a customs corruption scandal that has implicated her former private secretary. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Wiretappings in a Guatemala tax corruption case indicate that a judge-bribing scheme to free some of the accused from jail may have reached the country’s supreme court.Recorded telephone calls obtained by The Associated Press show backdoor negotiating between businessman Luis Mendizabal, lawyers and suspects to free those detained in a scheme to defraud the state of millions of dollars in customs payments. In a call dated April 16, Mendizabal tells detainee Javier Ortiz to remain calm because he will be out soon. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sierra de Stalling has not been charged because of judicial immunity, but prosecutors have asked the Supreme Court to revoke her immunity.Authorities say Mendizabal ran a clothing boutique where the leaders of the fraud ring met to plan the operation. He also is a fugitive.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more